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  • Milan leaving Ibrahimovic return call in...

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be “free to choose his new team”, says AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni, with transfer decisions being left in the hands of others. A return to San Siro for the former Rossoneri and Inter striker has been mooted on the back of his impressive exploits in M...

    Milan leaving Ibrahimovic return call in the hands of 'fantastic' Swede

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be “free to choose his new team”, says AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni, with transfer decisions being left in the hands of others. A return to San Siro for the former Rossoneri and Inter striker has been mooted on the back of his impressive exploits in MLS with the LA Galaxy. Despite being 37 years of age, the enigmatic Swede is showing no sign of slowing down and is considered to have more than enough to offer a leading side in Europe. Ibrahimovic has sought to quash talk regarding a second spell with Milan, with it his intention to remain in America, but speculation continues to build as a number of sides explore the option of landing a proven performer. Scaroni is among those who would welcome a deal, but he is not pushing for one as he considers Gennaro Gattuso to already have plenty of attacking talent on his books. “Ibrahimovic will be free to choose his new team,” Scaroni told Gazzetta dello Sport. “He’s a fantastic player. I love him as a fan for how he combines his height with agility, but I don’t make decisions with regards to transfers. “Besides, my absolute favourite player is already in our team: Suso. Leonardo and [Paolo] Maldini have been our great success. “They’ve given stability and competence to a club who, in recent years, had lost direction.” Milan have endured a turbulent period of late, with inconsistent results on the field mirroring the problems being experienced off it. A successful takeover by Elliott Management Corporation has helped to steady the ship, with it possible that further investment could be welcomed as familiar faces from the club’s past also offer assistance to those now at the helm. Scaroni added: “There are no negotiations with investors, there aren’t any in sight and neither are we looking for any. “If a fantastic buyer comes up then who knows, but right now there isn’t scope for one. Gordon Singer carefully monitors investments, purchases and sales. “[Silvio] Berlusconi calls me from time to time. He has his own ideas and is very decisive with them. “[Adriano] Galliani is a real Rossoneri fan and a great expert of football. If he speaks then I listen to him.”

  • 'How do you sell Ronaldo for €100m?' - V...

    Andre Villas-Boas has questioned the logic behind Real Madrid’s decision to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid while admitting to considering his own switch to Serie A. The Portuguese is currently out of work having turned his back on coaching to focus on motorsport. He has,...

    'How do you sell Ronaldo for €100m?' - Villas-Boas lauds Juventus as he mulls over his own move to Italy

    Andre Villas-Boas has questioned the logic behind Real Madrid’s decision to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid while admitting to considering his own switch to Serie A. The Portuguese is currently out of work having turned his back on coaching to focus on motorsport. He has, however, admitted that he will be returning to the dugout at some stage, with the former Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham and Zenit boss having already hinted at a move to Germany. Villas-Boas has now conceded that Italy could be another potential landing spot, telling Corriere dello Sport: “I'm not in a hurry and will wait to see what's going to happen during the season.  “For me, choosing well means also understanding why a club wants me. The latter is a key aspect: teams change coaches with great speed and often do not look at the technical philosophy of a technician, but his percentage of career victories. So they end up being disappointed when quality is lacking in the game and the public loses interest.” He added: “Italy obviously interests me. From a tactical point of view it is one of the most difficult championships. In the future who knows?” While Villas-Boas could take on a Serie A challenge at some point, a fellow countryman is already there. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo completed a stunning €100 million (£88m/$113m) transfer to Turin over the summer, with Real prepared to part with their all-time leading goalscorer. Given the struggles that have since been endured at the Santiago Bernabeu, Villas-Boas admits to having been left baffled by the Blancos’ willingness to part with a modern day legend. He said: “It totally surprised me. How do you sell Cristiano for 100 million? It does not make sense from any point of view: neither sport nor economic.  “Congratulations to Juventus for the blow they were able to make.” Villas-Boas believes that Ronaldo should be handed another Ballon d'Or in 2018 and feels that he makes Juve serious contenders to land a much-coveted Champions League crown. “Absolutely, yes,” said a man who last filled a coaching role at Chinese side Shanghai SIPG. “I do not say that they are the number one favorites, but now they have a champion that will make the difference.” Ronaldo, after a slow start to his spell at Juve, has netted nine goals in 15 appearances and is looking to conquer continental football for the fourth successive season.

  • 'I don't like being whistled!' - Chelsea...

    Tiemoue Bakayoko believes he can silence his doubters at Milan after struggling to make his mark following a loan switch from Chelsea. The France international midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £40 million ($51m) in the summer of 2017, but failed to convince during a one-s...

    'I don't like being whistled!' - Chelsea flop Bakayoko out to turn Milan jeers into cheers

    Tiemoue Bakayoko believes he can silence his doubters at Milan after struggling to make his mark following a loan switch from Chelsea. The France international midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £40 million ($51m) in the summer of 2017, but failed to convince during a one-season stint in England. Maurizio Sarri deemed him surplus to requirements after taking the Blues reins, with Bakayoko allowed to move to San Siro on a deal which includes a permanent purchase option. Milan have looked unlikely to trigger that clause, with a summer addition enduring a tough time in Serie A, but a much-maligned performer retains full confidence in his ability to turn things around. Bakayoko told Sky Sport Italia: “I don't like being whistled, but I understand it. I hope they applaud me soon. “I have done good things but I am only at the beginning. I hope to be decisive and to help Milan re-enter the top four in Serie A.  “Franck Kessie? He has helped me adjust a lot, above all with the language. I hope to speak Italian soon.” Changing systems in Milan have done little to aid Bakayoko’s cause, but the 24-year-old claims he can alter his game to meet the demands of his manager. He added: “The 4-4-2 is the formation I prefer, but even in a 4-3-3 I found myself playing well in the last game.  “My position has changed, but I believe that I have done well. I have been able to help the team more.  “I am upset about the result against Juventus, but this is football. I am happy with how I played.” Bakayoko hopes that working with Gennaro Gattuso can help him to rediscover his form, with there similarities to be found between the Rossoneri boss and his former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. He added: “Conte and Gattuso are somewhat similar, they give a lot and ask even more from the players, during training and in games. “They have the same style of training, bringing along ideas of great value.” Bakayoko has made 12 appearances for Milan so far and is yet to open his goal account for the club.

  • Milan defender Strinic 'never thought ab...

    Ivan Strinic insists he never considered retiring from football despite a heart problem which has delayed his debut at Milan. The 31-year-old moved a step closer to making his first appearance for the Rossoneri after doctors passed him fit to begin training with the club on Mond...

    Milan defender Strinic 'never thought about retiring' despite heart problem

    Ivan Strinic insists he never considered retiring from football despite a heart problem which has delayed his debut at Milan. The 31-year-old moved a step closer to making his first appearance for the Rossoneri after doctors passed him fit to begin training with the club on Monday. Strinic took an indefinite break from football after routine medical testing found he was suffering from a heart problem shortly after signing for Milan on a free transfer from Sampdoria. His hiatus was used for tests on his condition while he rested in the aftermath of a World Cup in which he featured in all but one of runners-up Croatia's matches. But, despite the uncertainty over his health, Strinic says he never once thought about quitting football and is keen to return to the pitch as soon as possible. He told 24sata: "During the last 10 years I've always imagined how would it be to have two to three months' rest, but now I just want to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. "I never thought about retiring, especially not after the World Cup and everything that happened to us after Russia. It gave me new energy and belief that my career can still go up. "But now I am looking at everything a little differently, I will pay more attention to my eating habits and rest. "I agreed with the club to work on a special programme, we'll see for how long and what are the coach's plans. "My aim is to return as soon as possible but I am aware it will take a few months to reach top physical condition and shape. "If everything will be okay, it should be by the time Euro 2020 qualifiers will start. "I want to thank doctors and I don't blame them for being too cautious. It's better to be cautious than wrong!" The left-back's impending return comes as a boost to Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso, whose side are currently fifth in the Serie A table after a mixed start to the season. A statement on the club's official website said: "During the last few days, Ivan Strinic has undergone a series of medical examinations at the Cardiology Clinic in Padua coordinated by Prof Domenico Corrado, one of the leading international experts in sports cardiology. "The diagnosis is 'athlete's heart' reversible hypertrophy. Therefore, the footballer may immediately resume sporting activities after three months' suspension. "The Croatian defender will start training again at Milanello sports centre from next Monday."

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